It’s sure to be another great occasion at St. Martin’s Park, the home of Johnville FC, on Friday, December 7, for the third meeting of a team of Waterford United supporters are set to take on a team of Waterford United legends in a charity match in aid of the WLR FM/Lions Club Christmas Hamper Appeal
The match, in conjunction with the Blues Supporters Club, will be held on Friday week December 7th, at the St. Martin’s , kicking off at 7pm, with the after match party where a repeat of the game will be shown on a big screen in Norris’s Bar. The is the third match-up for the fans after the inaugural match two years saw the legends win on penalties after an entertaining 2-2 draw, while the legends were also victorious at the RSC last season where they recorded a three goals to one success.
Martin ‘Mock’ Reid, Johnny Matthews and Alan Barry are some of the legends who have committed their time for the game, with Alan Reynolds, Brendan Rea, Anthony Fennelly and Gary Dempsey some of the more recent players to play at the RSC.
All 22 of the participating fans have committed to raise a minimum of ¤100 each, and have committed to go beyond the ¤100 where possible. Also the legends themselves will be raising money for this latest clash, while there will be a nominal charge at the gate on the night for spectators.
“We did it last year for my cousin Eric Butler, and BTID United (Waterford United supporters teams) lads asked me to look into doing it again so I said I would, only if a charity was involved too”, organiser Russell Dalton explained. “So I thought Lions Club Christmas Appeal would be perfect. Johnny Matthews was again delighted to get involved along with Alfie Hale and a few more so it should be a night to remember.
“John Delaney has sent down a signed Ireland jersey and two VIP tickets for any home game in the Aviva to raise money for the game and these will be auctioned off in the lead up to the match. He was also be in attendance on the night, which is fantastic.”
The Waterford News & Star also understands that a former League of Ireland referee will come out of retirement to take charge of this fixture along with two ex-League of Ireland referees acting as assistant referees so its certainly a case of watch this space!
WATERFORD UNITED LEGENDS: Anthony Fennelly, Brian Barry, Brendan Rea, Alan Barry, Steve Hall, Jimmy Donnelly, Mock Reid, Paul Deveruex, Gary Coad, Alan Reynolds, Derek “Doc” O’Connor, Pat Arrigan, Paul Cashin, Aiden Swift, Mark Brown, Peter Crowley, Paschal Keane, Johnny Matthews.
WATERFORD UNITED FANS: Aidan Maher, Andy Gahan, Paul Carey, John O’Neill, Conor Kearney, Kate McGrath, Darryl Foley, Graham Coady, Brian McArdle, Neil Hanlon, Gary Grant, David O’Sullivan, Ger Reid Craig O’Sullivan, Declan Toman, Alan Forristal, Russell Dalton, Gary O’Brien, Chris Morrissey, Mick Jacob.